Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Particles

Particles - if matter is made up of particles, 
what is energy made up of?
     It is certainly very perplexing... you look around you and you notice the apparently concrete nature of all the things you interact with (like desks, chairs, computers, etc.). These things are termed matter and you know that matter is made up of particles (like electrons, protons, and neutrons). That makes sense, right?  Particles must be just miniature versions of what you see... maybe like little balls or solid spheres... that make up all the "things" around you... But energy? What the heck is that? You've never felt energy... never seen it. Or have you? In fact, energy is all around you and interacts with you constantly.
     What about happiness or anger energy?  What about positive or negative energy?  What about confidence or fear energy?  All these are made up of miniature versions of what you see and feel.  Tae Yun Kim - Grandmaster of Jung SuWon Martial Arts, reminds us we must be complete aware and alert of our energy and the energy around us.  Just when we think everything is going smoothly, those small particles of opposite energy are forming and preparing their assault on our well being.  This is the principle of Yin-yang.  You must first be aware of this phenomena, and then diligently monitor yourself for invading particles.  Meditation helps this tremendously.  They you must be disciplined and fight and win.  Thus Jung SuWon Martial Arts - the art of overcoming.  As a warning, watch out for those particles of arrogance.  Often they fool you into thinking you are okay and on the right track.  Be aware, and be truthful to yourself.
Inspired by Tae Yun Kim - Great Grandmaster of the martial arts.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pay Attention

Prior to being a student at Jung SuWon Academy of Martial Arts, and prior to being a student of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, I just lived each day as it came.  I really didn't think much about what was going on.  I just got up, and faced each day as it came.  Whether things were good or bad, and I never questioned anything.  If I felt like doing something, I would just do it.  I would call friends that of similar thinking and we would hang out together.  I wasn't shaping my world.  I was more or less, just existing, and letting outside forces determine my destiny.  I didn't have any direction, and I went any direction the wind was blowing.

I really respect Dr. Tae Yun Kim.  As I read about her life and her challenges growing up in a 3rd world country, during the Korean War, and being born into the Asian culture as a girl, I feel like I had it very easy.  Probably too easy.  The hardships and challenges she faced, help to mold her into who she is today.  She is very successful, brilliant, a great teacher, and yet has a large loving heart.

When I first met her, I was just dust in the wind.  But as I studied under her guidance, and she showed me I had great potential and abilities.  I didn't know my potential, and I didn't know how to realize that potential.  First I had to add some discipline and structure to my life.  I started training in the martial arts regularly.  I started to feel stronger and healthier.  She constantly pumped us with positive energy and positive thoughts, like, that we can accomplish many great things in our life, if we only believe, and go for it.  We regularly shouted out after each class, "He can do, She can do, Why not me!".  After a while it started to sink in.

She also taught us to meditate.  She often pointed out to us what would happen if we didn't take showers regularly.  Why do you shower, she would ask?  And after some thought, we would realize that if we didn't shower, we would smell, and be covered with dirt and bugs, and it would be a grave health concern.  So we shower regularly because it is good for us, but what about our minds, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim would ask? When and how do you wash your minds?  I never thought about that.  Wow, what have I been missing all this time?  What kind of gunk have I been collecting?  I never even thought about washing my mind.  But as I learned more and more about it, and as I practiced meditating regularly for months and months, I started to gain a greater awareness of the world around me, its influences, and my inner dialog.

Great Grandmaster's powerful message to us, was to pay attention.  Pay attention to your surroundings.  How are they effecting your thoughts and feelings?  Are you surrounding yourself with things that generate good and positive thoughts?  or negative and ugly thoughts.
What about the people you surround yourself with.  Are they helping you to support you with positive energy, or are they holding you back?  Or worse yet, are they a negative influence on your life?  So Dr. Tae Yun Kim would say "Pay Attention".  That is part of one of the Seven Steps To Inner Power, called "Truth". So by paying attention, you can discover the truth about what is affecting you, either good or bad.  Only then can you do something about it.

Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, for you incredible teachings and guidance.  These things have had a great positive effect on my life.  I am now very happy and successful.
With appreciation and honor, your student.  :)  Jung Su!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Appreciation and Gratitude - Lets go deeper

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, helps me to look deep inside myself.  Here is one of those dives.

It is easy to say, thank you, and I really appreciate something.  I have done this thousands of times. But is there a deeper meaning to this.  If you do this only once when it happens, and you forget about it?  How thankful were you really?

I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak about me.  I have said thank you many times in my life to many people.  At the time when I said it, I felt very sincere.  And if I go back in time and think about it, I will be thankful again.

But that is the point,  I never or rarely really go back in time to review, and so I really don't experience and relive those feelings of appreciation and gratitude.

I have had some a few people in my life, such as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, that have been my teachers or mentors in life.  These people have helped me take the right paths in life.  And to be honest, many times I have taken a wrong path in life, and needed help getting back on the right track.

These can be major inflection points in your life.  They were for me.  The difference between being homeless or successful.  The difference between being happy or sad,  the difference in a happy relationship, or a damaging relationship.  We all have major inflections points in our life. What school did we go to?  What friends do we socialize with?  What relationships did we choose.  What major decisons have we made.  All these had and will have a major effect on our lives.

Most of us, would pay anything, to change from a bad relationship to a good one.  Most people desire success over failure.  So when we are miserable, we tend to think about this things, and we can get hateful and negative about the world.

On the other side, when things are going good, we tend to take things for granted.  We tend to think we somehow deserved it, or somehow we were just lucky.  But this is exactly why Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's teaching is so powerful.  She would say to never take gifts for-granted.  Review your past and review these major inflection points in your life.  Review people that have helped you, and always remain humble.  Don't take these things for granted, or you can also lose them very quickly.

If you were lucky or fortunate enough to have taken a good path, play out in your mind the opposite set of choices.  What if you had made a bad choice.  Where would you be today?  Would your success fade away?  Would you be in a terrible divorce?  Would you be in jail or worse?  Would you be alive?  Do you see how bad it could have been?  If you truly can see this, your appreciation and gratitude to the people in your life that made a positive difference will really stand out.  I know they do for me.

Now that I am aware of this topic on a deeper level, I can't be thankful enough.  The few people that really made a difference in my life, those that reached out to me and were very patient and helpful to me, and I owe them so much.  I don't know how to ever repay them.  First, I really want to stay in this state of "thankfulness" and humbleness.  I didn't get here by myself, and I need God's help, and my teachers and coaches help.  Next I will continue to improve, and I feel that I can repay them, both thanking them again, but more importantly by continuing to do good, and helping others as they helped me.

Inspired by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Death and Taxes

There are a few things in life that we can not avoid, and a common saying in the US, is that everyone, someday, will have to confront "Death and Taxes".

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that we all have to face 4 things in our life:
     1. Birth
     2. Aging
     3. Sickness
     4. Death

As a younger student, I only thought about the first 3.  The first one, I didn't think much about, because I was already here.  And "Aging" - when I was younger I felt like I would live forever.
And "Sickness" - I figured that I would eat good and train regularly and stay healthy.  So through arrogance, and some ignorance, I thought to myself, "don't worry, I got this".


But as I get older, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim continues to remind me about the limitation in our life.  I am almost 60 now, and so how many more healthy years left do I have?  Years, where I can move freely, drive, cook and go to the bathroom by myself.  How long can I live without the help of others?  And financially too?  Is it really worth living if you can't take care of yourself, and/ or if you are in a hospital bed hooked up to alot of hoses.  I don't want to live that way.  

So whether I like it or not, I better start confronting the truth.  As painful as it is to think about these things, I must face reality and the truth.  I must admit, it is very painful and sad, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense.  Why are we born, and work so hard to accomplish and build things, only to die and wither away?  These are deep pondering questions.  

Okay, I understand.  In this world, I will be leaving soon, and saying goodbye to this world and the people around me.  So how can I leave something special to this world and the people around me?  It is time to think about others, and not be selfish.  This is something I have to think about more.  How can I leave the special training behind that Great Grandmaster has taught me all these years?  These are thoughts for me, but for all of you.  Lets think about it before it is too late.  

I know that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim thinks about this deeply, and really wants to dedicate her life to teaching and helping others.   I admire that greatly.  So it is time for me to start thinking that way.

On the spiritual side, it is also important to have faith and believe in something.  I strongly believe in God and Jesus, and our lives after death.  I believe that how we live our lives now, will determine where and how we are treated later.  So live good, and do good to others.  At least try.  Many times I have tried and not everyone takes it with a smile.  But at least inside, you can slept at night knowing that you really tried.

Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for guiding me and teaching me all these years.  These teaching of the ancient martial arts must be passed on to the next generation.

With love, respect, and honor,
Ju Hahn
I am a very grateful student and warrior of Great Grandmaster 
Tae Yun Kim





Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tae Yun Kim: Life is time, time is life.

I have been very fortunate to be Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's student and instructor.  Even after many years I am still learning from her.  As we age, she emphasizes our health, and also our death.  I have never really wanted to think about death.  It feels like such a depressing subject.  But it is unselfish, practical, and fruitful to realize that our time is limited, and prepare for our eventual passing.



Just based on aging, our time is limited.  We all have limit, especially to the life we have where we can be healthy, take care of ourselves and live an active life.  So, do I have 10 years, or 20 years, or 30 years?  We all have a limit.  We are all dying.  But this has caused me to really dig deep, and try to deal with the emotion and consequences before anything happens.  I have found, there are a few major things to consider.



1. Quality vs. Quantity - For me, it is very important the quality of my time.  I don't want to be sitting at home doing nothing, or laid up sick, or unable to move.  I want to be healthy, full of energy and optimism, and my life full of purpose, meaning, and love.  I want to use my time wisely, and at the end of every day be able to say, "this was a good day".

2. Your family and loved ones - Don't be selfish.  Take the time to plan out what will happen when you pass.  Be considerate of all those around you.



2. Plan out the next 10 years of your life - If you truly realize how short life is, plan out the rest of your life.  I used to think about setting 10 and 20 year goals.  Now I have to set only 3 to 5 year goals.  It makes me more focused on my goals, and gives me more courage to achieve my goals.  It allows me to be bolder, because time is limited.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told me that life is time, and time is life.  Don't throw it away, it is all you have.



3. Build your legacy - Think about what you will leave behind.  Did you help people?  Did you make a difference?  How do you want people to remember you?  When you look back on your own life, how do you want to remember yourself?

4. Spirituality - The closer I get to death, the more I seek a deeper relationship with God.  There is so much beauty here in this world, and I believe we are here for a greater purpose.  I believe in spirituality, and that our spirit will live on.  We must prepare ourselves for this next spiritual trip.


With love, respect, and honor,
Ju Han
Student and Warrior of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Is Science Finally Catching Up?


Science is finally catching up to the Energy teachings of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.  Is light a particle or wave?  Scientists continue to debate this subject and can’t fully understand this, but progress and advancement continues.
Now there are theories that it can be either, depending upon the surrounding environment.  That is crazy to think about.  And yet, Dr. Kim always said – “Your thoughts create your universe”, and “You are the center of your own universe”.  What if through our thoughts we can control the energy around us, and it helps to even determine the state of a light particle.  





I have been a student of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings for many years, and I love the debate and the possibilities that this has opened up.  Dr. Tae Yun Kim has emphasized for years that your thoughts create your reality ( see Seven Steps to Inner Power:  http://www.taeyunkim.com/about/author/index.php ).
This says that we are all co-creaters, and that what we think, and what we project through our attitudes and behaviors do change our surroundings.  Just think about the reality of that.  We can change our reality.  We can change our stars.


But many people are doubters, and say, that doesn’t really work.  You can’t really control your environment and you either get lucky or not.  What happens in the world is completely random, and your ability to affect your future is very limited.
I completely disagree with that, because I have seen the results many times. 
If I have a limited or negative view, and if I let the energy and my surroundings control me and take me down, then I live in a negative space, and many negative things happen.  My whole world seems down, and I can drop into a deep depression.


But if I live with an optimistic view, if I take control of my energy and attitudes, and generate happy feelings, I can radiate, and I can create a more peaceful, creative and happy environment.  I can wake up every day with a positive mental attitude.  Things around me will be brighter and better.

So my thoughts and attitudes do make a difference.

That is why I am so amazed at Dr. Kim’s teachings, ie., “your thoughts become your reality”.  I have experienced it so many times, and it is real and it works.  Let science continue to debate it and argue it, but I am going to live it. 

Lets take it to the extreme, what if we could actually create our afterlife, by our actions and how we think about it?  If we believe nothing exists, we may go into nothingness.  If we believe and live in a world of lying, anger, and deceit could we possibly be creating our own hell?  And yet if we believe in God, and his grace, and in a beautiful afterlife, and if we believe in a heavenly place where can be with our family and friends, could we be creating our future?

I chose to be positive and optimistic and to live a good clean life, helping others, with purpose and meaning.  What do you choose?


Summary:
  There are many lessons here from Dr. Tae Yun Kim. 

1.     Your thoughts become your reality.  You are a Co-creater.  -> Your thoughts do matter.  These are seeds that manifest themselves into reality.  Watch your thoughts.  Through training you can clear your mind and make yourself calmer and more peaceful.

2.     You are the center of the universe.  You see the universe through you, and therefore you create the world around you.  Be positive and create a beautiful world for yourself.  Have faith in God, and our future.  The act of having faith in God, may be the key.  Remember if you don’t believe, that also creates your reality. 

3.      Never give up.  This is true in the physical world, but also in our spiritual world.  A situation may seem impossible, but with creative energy and the spirit of “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”, anything can be accomplished. 

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”  is Dr. Kim’s motto, and was inspired from the bible, Matthew 14.27.  God teaches us to always have faith and to have courage.  We have to apply that to our lives.  She says, “Be the master of your life.”

4.    As instructors, teach and show your students how to grow and learn and improve in everything they do.  Teach them and motivate them to be positive and optimistic about their training and the world around them.  Teach them to be good to others, and only use the art in self-defense.  Teach them that their thoughts and actions do matter, and help them to develop a positive mental attitude.

Thank you.  God Bless you.
Ju Han, J


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Teach the Next Generation

Teach the Next Generation - They need our help!!!


  - Here is Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaching - she has dedicated over 40 years of her life to teaching and helping others to take charge of their lives and to me more positive.  What an incredible cause.  Dr. Kim leads by example.  It motivates me everyday to do more...


Thanks To Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim
and the Jung SuWon Academy of Martial Arts.